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[emp-tee-hed-id] /ˈɛmp tiˈhɛd ɪd/
lacking intelligence or knowledge; foolish; brainless.
Origin of empty-headed
First recorded in 1640-50
Related forms
empty-headedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was as silent and sagacious as Sarah was talkative and empty-headed.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Both were young, pretty, and empty-headed; neither was burdened with children nor ideas.

    Under Fire Charles King
  • Henrietta Hen was an empty-headed creature with strange notions.

    The Tale of Benny Badger Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The most sanguine and empty-headed of mortals would never have looked for it in her.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He would never have been more than an empty-headed pleasure-seeker.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • We are not going to be merely a set of empty-headed, silly women with nothing to do.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • Miss Furnival, as they all thought, had not found him empty-headed.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • Like all empty-headed people, she was quick to lose her temper.

    The Tale of Miss Kitty Cat Arthur Scott Bailey
  • It just shows one how foolish and empty-headed these girls are.

    The House of Souls Arthur Machen
British Dictionary definitions for empty-headed


lacking intelligence or sense; frivolous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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